Here at Spencer Signs we are passionate about sign making, masters of our craft we build signs to establish and adapt your brand to create a focal point for your business and what you stand for. Our Management teams are dedicated to delivering signs that provide the best customer experience for your clients to help you create a shopping experience for your customers and help them on their journey through the store.
We work with the most familiar brands on the high street. Whether your business is local, global, big or small, our central objective is to provide excellent client service and quality products.
Our fast turnaround, cost effective digital print services include wide format printing for hoardings, billboards, building wraps and mesh banners. We also specialise in internal POS displays including wallpaper, posters and canvas prints.
Not only is the Pantone of the year acknowledged as a piece of news that we are Interested in, but it is information that has become very essential during our everyday working lives. Here at Spencer Signs, we are always inspired and influenced by information given from Pantone. Just like the previous years, we will always incorporate the colour into our own designs and workflow throughout the year.
Pantone colour of the year is key information for all designers and brands to take in and digest. The Pantone colour institute reveal extremely useful colour trend information all around the world for all businesses, offering advice on how to implement colour into our own work.
This year’s announced Pantone colour of the year is an interestingly extravagant shade of purple, known as PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet. As life goes on, more and more people are starting to realise the importance of colour, and that colour holds a meaningful message. This year’s chosen Pantone colour is linked to mystery and what lies ahead for us in the future. Enigmatic purple shades are also a link to artistic brilliance and counterculture, the colour is a symbol of using creative flare and pushing boundaries to the limit! It is the colour of experimentation. The Ultra Violet colour is also liked to calm and spiritual environments, Violet toned lighting is often used in medication and other calm spaces to enable the mind and body to relax.
Spencer Signs is committed to procuring sustainable, ethical and responsibly sourced materials, goods and services. Full consideration will always be given to what our signage products are made from as well as where they have come from, how they are made, transported and eventually recycled or decommissioned.
The specific sustainable procurement practices which Spencer Signs are committed to are:
The reduction of waste and the ability to recycle our products lie at the heart of our business and we will constantly strive to design and manufacture our signage with this at the forefront of our minds.
Let’s take a brief look at colour psychology. You will be surprised how much it plays a part in your brands success. Our minds are inherently programmed to respond to colour, they shape our thoughts and emotions and according to studies colour affects our mood and can influence our buying habits. A study called Exciting Red and Competent Blue confirms that purchasing intent is greatly affected by colours due to the impact they have on how a brand is perceived. Consumers consciously or subconsciously choose products that align with their personal identities.
Additional studies have revealed that our brains prefer recognisable brands, which makes colour incredibly important when creating a brand identity. It has even been suggested in Colour Research & Application that it is of paramount importance for new brands to specifically target logo colours that ensure differentiation from entrenched competitors, (if the competition all uses blue, you’ll stand out by using purple).
Different colours can say different things about your brand, and will appeal to different customers. So where should you start? Let’s take a look:
The brand personality traits usually come from the following groups or will lie somewhere in between.
You will need to concentrate on the 3 traits that lean the most towards one side. Example: Brands can sometimes cross between two traits, but they are mostly dominated by one. High fashion clothing feels sophisticated, motor bikes feel rugged. Additional research has shown that there is a real connection between the use of colours and customers’ perceptions of a brand’s personality. Certain colours DO broadly align with specific traits (e.g., brown with ruggedness, purple with sophistication, blue with reliability and red with excitement). But nearly every academic study on colours and branding will tell you that it’s far more important for your brand’s colours to support the personality you want to portray instead of trying to align with stereotypical colour associations.
Although different colours can be perceived in different ways, the names of those colours matters as well!
According to a study, when subjects were asked to evaluate products with different colour names (such as makeup), “fancy” names were preferred far more often. For example, mocha was found to be significantly more likeable than brown, despite the fact that the researchers showed subjects the same colour!
Additional research finds that the same effect applies to a wide variety of products; consumers rated elaborately named paint colours as more pleasing to the eye than their simply named counterparts. It has also been shown that more unusual and unique colour names can increase the intent to purchase. For instance, jelly beans with names such as razzmatazz were more likely to be chosen than jelly bean names such as lemon yellow. This effect was also found in non-food items such as sweatshirts.
As strange as it may seem, choosing creative, descriptive and memorable names to describe certain colours (such as “sky blue” over “light blue”) can be an important part of making sure the colour of the product achieves its biggest impact.
Here is a breakdown of the most basic colours, what emotions they evoke, and what services they can effectively attract customers to:
Red: Emotions: Love, Anger, Aggression, Passion, Sensuality, And Intensity
Red is the most used colour in logos as it has such a wide range of different emotions but carries them all intensely. Red can serve to intensify or evoke the passion of whatever niche you’re in. One thing red is not known to be is relaxing or calm, it evokes action and has an immediate impact. Many restaurants can get away with a lighter shade of red as they are feeding off a potential customer’s intense desire to eat that kind of food, or get that immediate service. Notice how many fast food logos have red in them.
Orange: Emotions: Pleasure, Boldness, Distrust, and Enthusiasm
The shades of orange can cover a wide variety of emotions, but one that stands out among them all is boldness. Orange is often seen as the colour of innovation and modern thinking. It also carries connotations of youth, fun, affordability and approachability. Orange would be a good colour for a business that is bold but supplies innocent services such as toys like nurseries, travel agents, etc. Orange is very easy to contrast however and if coupled with colours like black or even just darker shades of blue, and purple, can carry a more serious tone.
Yellow: Emotions: Cheer, Joy, Energy, Caution, Sickness
Yellow is naturally a bright colour so you will usually find it evokes more of the happy emotions than any others. However, like orange, yellow finds itself powerless to change its meaning even with darker shades. It’s for this reason it’s deemed a simpler, more childish colour. As such it is generally more appropriate for family friendly businesses such as theme parks, family restaurants, toy shops, etc.
Green: Emotions: Harmony, Fresh, Ambition, and Greed
Green is a colour commonly associated with finance, safety, and nature. Many outdoor recreation companies use green in their logo to really push the raw, harmonious nature that comes with experiencing their products. Recycling and green energy, finance, and healthy food establishments could very effectively utilise green in their logos. Green occupies the most space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and is the second favoured colour.
Blue: Emotions: Calm, Trust, Confidence, Seriousness
Blue is a colour most associated with business because it evokes a sense of balance as well as calm intelligence. Like the water blue can adapt to anything and look as if it had no problem doing so. It’s for this reason that blue tends to be the colour of many businesses with niches like medicine, tech, business, and internet companies. A lighter blue evokes more trustworthiness where a darker blue evokes presence of intelligence. Both are good to have but it’s important to decide which one is more likely to get the customer through the door. Blue is the colour least gender specific it appeals equally to both sexes.
Purple: Emotions: Ambition, Dignity, Mystery, And Independence
Purple speaks to us of royalty and luxury. It has long been associated with the church, implying wisdom and dignity, and throughout history it has been the colour of wealth and riches
Brown: Emotions: Comfort, Strength, Laziness, And Isolation
Possibly the most modest colour of all, brown seems to limit logo presence to the more masculine, outdoor businesses. The most prevalent of brown’s emotions seems to be isolation as it’s just light enough to let us know it’s there but keeps to itself. Often used in association with the outdoors, bars and coffee shops, in association with the product they supply.
Black: Emotions: Power, Mysterious, Grieving, Elegance
Any logo meant to give the customer a sense of power holds a little bit of black in it. Black is the ultimate dominance and ultimate finality. The more power that the services deal in, the more black that is used in the logo. Think of athletic symbols like Under Armour and Nike sports gear that relies on making the customer feel more powerful for wearing their clothes. Similarly, it implies elegance and is widely used by fashion houses, remember the classic little black dress or the elegant black tuxedo.
White: Emotions: Innocence, Purity, And Cleanliness
Not many businesses can pull off a lot white in their logos. Those who have abundance of white have to be in the business of something that is as absolute as a starting point. Bread dough, weddings, paper, and things everyone at some point in their lives at least considers using. Like black however, white is used in moderation in almost all logos. If nothing else black and white can help tell customers if your services are serious or happy.
Project: Green Park, Newport
Client: Horncastle Group Plc
Green Park Newport, a cutting edge Eco development located off the M62 on the arterial route into Hull. Developed by the Horncastle Group Plc, Green Park is an environmentally friendly 20 acre, mixed use business park consisting of prime office, industrial and leisure space, complete with 78m, 500kw wind turbine.
Working with the Horncastle Group Plc and Alan Wood & Partners, Spencer Signs were challenged to design a 3-sided free-standing sign complete with individual internally illuminated face and halo letters to 2no. faces.
The proposed location of the sign in a yet undeveloped portion of land parallel with the developments entrance/exit road posed many challenges due to a rising water main, open drainage channel and gas supply all within close proximity. Also, the closest known electrical supply was located some 60 metres away and buried within a duct, precise location unknown.
Detailed planning, a bespoke foundation and steelwork design and the procurement of a specialist groundworks contractor for all mechanical excavations proved to be key to the success of this project. The sign now compliments the overall aesthetics of the development, with the crisp illumination of the highly efficient LED providing a presence for the sign within its surrounding landscape.